Monday, February 1, 2016

My month in review: January

The Month in Review meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. For me January was a big churn month, where I got rid of a lot, and acquired a lot.

Books completed this month: 
Living and Dying in Brick City by Sampson Davis (audio)
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell
Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport by Matthew Algeo
Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin
Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth
The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman

Books I am currently reading/listening to:
The Richest Woman in America: The Life and Times of Hetty Green by Janet Wallach
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham, and Curt Coffman

What I acquired this month: 
Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
Son of a Gun: A Memoir by Justin St. Germain
The Forgers by Bradford Morrow
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman
Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon
Shot in the Heart by Mikal Gilmore
A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders
Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
Yes, I am supposed to be buying fewer books but this above list was all from the used bookstores, and I sold them a lot more than 9 books. And thanks to all my credit and also that they were having a Buy One Get One Half Price sale, I paid only about $2 per book. The best thing is that 8 of these 9 books were actually on my Need To Buy list which is highly unusual at a used bookstore.

And the January WNBA-Charlotte event was our annual book swap. My goal is to only bring home the same number of books as the number of tote bags I brought there, and I was successful this year. I brought three bags of books and brought home three books:
While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax
The Santa Claus Man: The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York by Alex Palmer
The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera

Then I went to Winter Institute 11 in Denver. I got two used books at Tattered Cover:
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
The Removers: A Memoir by Andrew Meredith

And the ARCs and galleys and finished books I got from the publishers just arrived! Here they are:
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
The Red Parts: A Memoir by Maggie Nelson
The Defense: A Novel by Steve Cavanagh
The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Shrill: Women Are Funny, It's Okay to Be Fat, and Feminists Don't Have to Be Nice by Lindy West
Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud by David Dayen
Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir by Lisa Smith
Paper: Paging Through History by Mark Kurlansky
Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
Origins of the Universe and What It All Means: A Memoir by Carole Firstman
Yuki Chan in Brontë Country by Mick Jackson
Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
The Hope in Leaving: A Memoir by Barbara Williams
The Book That Matters Most: A Novel by Ann Hood
They May Not Mean To, but They Do: A Novel by Cathleen Schine
Garth Williams, American Illustrator: A Life by Elizabeth K. Wallace and James D. Wallace
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax
Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir by Jean McNeil
The One That Got Away: A Novel by Leigh Himes
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson
The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones
Vexation Lullaby: A Novel by Justin Tussing
The Children by Ann Leary
The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
Soft in the Head by Marie-Sabine Roger
A Well-Made Bed by Abby Frucht and Laurie Alberts
Sticking It Out: Chronicles of a Percussionist from Juilliard to the Orchestra Pit by Patti Niemi
As Good as Gone by Larry Watson
Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes
I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around by Ann Wertz Garvin
On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light: A Novel by Cordelia Strube
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Honeymoon: A Novel About George Eliot by Dinitia Smith
The Wedding Heard ’Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage by Michael McConnell, with Jack Baker
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Bottomland: A Novel by Michelle Hoover
All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
Leave Me by Gayle Forman
The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel by Elizabeth J. Church
The Muse by Jessie Burton
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
The Girls by Emma Cline
Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America by Kali Nicole Gross

These new acquisitions mostly mitigate the big cull that I did earlier this month, sigh. However, it is good that at least I think I ended up at net zero, and didn't add to the problem. And I was pretty selective, although some of these will likely get given to my interns. I'm not one of those people who just grabs everything because it's free. (And I did have to pay to ship it all back so it wasn't completely free.) Whew. I'd better read a lot in February!

2 comments:

Kathryn T said...

Oh my what a huge book haul and great shopping at the second hand book store. Yes you better read in February!!

Nise' said...

I started listening to The Forgers and need to get back to it. I see quite a few books I want to read on your haul list.